Hurricane Katia Makes Landfall on Mexico's Gulf Coast

10 September, 2017, 15:36 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Katia, a category one hurricane, was around 195 miles northeast of Veracruz at 12:00 GMT Thursday - with sustained winds of 80 miles (129 kph) per hour and gusts of 96 mph (154 kph), according to the National Meteorological Service of Mexico.

Hurricane Katia made landfall on Mexico's Gulf coast Friday night.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has warned on Thursday of the great danger of Katia for those areas recently damaged by a major natural disaster in Mexico in a century.

Forecasters have predicted damaging winds, drenching rains and a unsafe storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico.

Katia is a much smaller storm than Hurricane Irma, which is causing devastation in the Caribbean and is expected to arrive in Florida this weekend.

Hurricane Katia Makes Landfall on Mexico's Gulf Coast
Hurricane Katia Makes Landfall on Mexico's Gulf Coast

Katia is forecast to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, and 2 to 5 inches over far southern Tamaulipas, central San Luis Potosi, western Hidalgo, eastern Queretaro, and southern Veracruz through Saturday morning.

Mexican emergency workers are also scrambling to respond to an 8.1-magnitude natural disaster that struck off the country's southern Pacific coast late Thursday, killing at least 61 people.

Katia is the 11th named storm this Atlantic hurricane season and follows Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose. It was expected to gain some strength but the effects of Irma were seen eventually weakening that storm.

It then was downgraded to a tropical storm and forecasters expect it to dissipate Saturday.


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